Recently in class a student read out a piece introducing a character. They were enjoying sitting in a high backed, winged armchair which protected them in part from the hustle of a crowded staff room. The writing triggered a memory of hiding under the rocking horse when I was little and believing no one could see me. Immediately I liked the character and, judging from the class reaction, everyone else had had a similar trigger moment too.
But maybe not, because the writing worked in other ways too. The character was shown as being a little bit vulnerable, and we warm to vulnerability. We might admire people such as Madonna, but you couldn't really say you warm to her.
And notice I said a little bit vulnerable. Too vulnerable, and you've made your character spineless as a jelly fish and about as fun to read. Normal, human levels of vulnerability are what you're going for.
Additionally, the character had a private, quirky name for the chair. Quirky is fun, and most people like characters who are fun and have a sense of humour. I think it was significant that the quirky name was a private one. We're not that keen on people who self consciously think they are funny and tell you about it eg whacky names for the cat or the car.
All in all, the author had written a character who, in a few lines, we were intrigued by, and sympathetic to. Something we should all aspire to.